ST. CHARLES PARISH, LA (WVUE) - Less than a week after being shot three times, St. Charles Sheriff's Corp. Burt Hazeltine left the hospital Tuesday.
Sheriff Greg Champagne issued the following statement: "I am thrilled to announce that by the Grace of God Corporal Burt Hazeltine has been released from the hospital to continue his recovery at home!! We thank everyone for your prayers and support!!!"
Hazeltine was shot April 16 while managing traffic in a school zone on Highway 90 in Paradis. The sheriff called the incident an ambush. The corporal suffered three gunshot wounds. One bullet pierced his lung, another hit his arm and the third damaged his eye. The sheriff says a bullet fragment was lodged between Hazeltine's eye socket and nasal passage.
Authorities have a suspect in custody. They say John Paul Devillier got angry at Hazeltine because he refused to stop traffic for him. Devillier is being held on $1 million bond.
The Sheriff's Office is hosting a fundraiser to benefit the Hazeltine family. Lunch and dinner will be sold for $10 per plate this Thursday at the Shriner's Hall at 1940 Ormond Boulevard in Destrehan between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m.